Dr. Julie Wolter, department chair and professor in UM's Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, recently received a perfect score on her National Institutes of Health grant to study language development and dyslexia in children. Wolter learned that her team’s research scored the highest rank possible, earning a $4.5 million grant, which will fund Wolter’s reading and language research in young elementary schoolchildren. Her science team will investigate how children who struggle to talk develop the ability to read and write.
UM’s School of Journalism has established a new media lab to serve as a center of innovation, offering skills-based journalism training to members of the public interested in multimedia storytelling and audience engagement. Journalist and filmmaker Anne Bailey, a former professor and graduate of the school, was named the founding director of the Montana Journalism Media Lab. This new center marks a major expansion for the century-old journalism school, which regularly ranks among the top 10 journalism schools in the nation.
Montana and the Pacific Northwest gained 12 new doctors July 1 when UM graduated its third class of family physicians from the Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana. Of the dozen graduates, a record number of 11 physicians accepted employment to stay in the state. Eight will enter practices in rural and underserved areas in Montana and Oregon.
Missoula College UM launched a new IT apprenticeship program with a student signing-day event on July 17. In response to employer input, MC created an apprenticeship program for students studying IT networking administration and security. Four Missoula-area IT companies have committed to hiring UM students while they attend classes with the intention of long-term employment.